PORTLAND United boss Simon Browne anticipates a difficult afternoon when the Blues visit in-form Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division tomorrow (3pm).

Harlequins were named as the league’s team of the month for November, going unbeaten in their five games with four wins and a draw.

With a game in hand, they sit two points and three places off Browne’s men, who are unbeaten in four league games, drawing all four.

But Browne is wary of the resurgence of Bemerton, who have improved dramatically under new manager Rae Hughes.

Browne told Echosport: “Historically they’ve always been a half-decent side. I’ve gone up there and had a few tough results, it’s not an easy place to go.

“They started the season with a bit of a restructure. Their new manager took over and he struggled to get the players in that he wanted.

“But they’ve started to get a bit of momentum. Had we been playing them in September I would have been more confident of getting a result against them because they look a half-decent outfit.”

Tomorrow’s match arrives too soon for striker Sanchez Baker, who is set to return to training following a fractured ankle, while Browne has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.